MILTON, Ga. — Milton residents and those commuting through Downtown Crabapple got their first look at what could be a major traffic improvement last Thursday at a public information meeting. The city presented its first conceptual plan for the Mayfield Rod and Charlotte Drive roundabout and its proposed connection with the roundabout under construction along Birmingham Highway, dubbed the northeast connector.
The concept plan calls for a single lane roundabout at the intersection of Mayfield Road and Charlotte Drive. The route would then extend northwest to the roundabout at Birmingham Highway and McFarlin Road. Eight-foot wide sidewalks would be separated from the road by a six-foot wide grass buffer and run throughout the route.
According to a traffic study, the Charlotte Drive extension could cut the number of drivers turning left from Birmingham Highway to Mayfield Road by 30 percent during the morning rush hour. It is also projected to cut those turning left from Charlotte Drive onto Mayfield Road, then right on Birmingham Highway by 60 percent. There is also expected to be a 40 percent decrease in the number of drivers making a right turn onto Birmingham Road from Mayfield Road during peak times in the morning.
Sara Leaders, transportation engineer, said the feedback at the meeting was “all positive,” even with the proposed plan affecting seven privately-owned parcels.
Leaders said the property owners have presented conceptual layouts for the roadway through their parcels. The owner and city staff have worked together to develop the plan “so that everything works together,” Leaders said.
The concept plan calls for on-street parking near Birmingham Road, but the amount will be dictated by the city working with the property owners in that section of the roadway.
It’s still up in the air as to when drivers could reap the benefits of the plan because right-of-way acquisition can take time.
“We want to move it along as quickly as possible but there are a few unknowns,” Leaders said.
The project was first conceptualized in a Crabapple future plan in 2009 and was most recently included in the city’s Downtown Crabapple Placemaking Plan which was approved in May.
Residents were able to provide comments on the project at last week’s meeting, and the city is also providing an online survey. Leaders said the city will be open to public comment for “a few weeks” before presenting the plan in a City Council work session.
After gathering City Council input, the city will draw up a final plan.